Political Listening: the forensic acoustics of Lawrence Abu Hamdan
February 13–March 28, 2020
Thursday–Saturday, Dusk to 11:00pm
Light Work UVP | Everson Museum Plaza
During February and March 2020, Light Work UVP will show the politically
pointed video work of Lawrence Abu Hamdan, multimedia artist and
research fellow with Goldsmiths’ famed Forensic Architecture agency.
The Forensic Turn in Art and Architecture feat. filmmaker Ana Naomi de Sousa
Friday, March 27, 5:15pm
Free and open to the public
Slocum Hall Auditorium on the Syracuse University Campus
In this screening and talk, filmmaker Ana Naomi de Sousa will discuss her experience as a research fellow with Forensic Architecture working on the Saydnaya project, which used “ear-witness” testimony of survivors of Syria’s infamous Saydnaya prison to reconstruct its architecture.
Only a blurry satellite image of the prison exists and few prisoners survive. Those who do describe a “regime of silence,” under which prisoners are not allowed to speak or scream when tortured and become highly attuned to even the subtlest sounds, amplified or attenuated by the building’s unusual acoustics.
The lecture will be accompanied by screenings, including excerpts from Saydnaya (2016) and Lawrence Abu Hamdan’s Walled Unwalled (2018).
A reception with light refreshments will follow.